[UKIP]...have no interest in building local party base and contesting local elections...
We are having a local council by-election tomorrow (Wyre). I guess I must be hallucinating because for some weird reason I can see a UKIP candidate on the list. Interesting...
Kilroy Silk would have made them credible with the TV voters and made them professional (and he had been an MP) but the manner of his departure put off all MPs even considering defecting to them. He saw who they really were, what they really believed, that leaving The EU was not top of their priority list.
Kilroy Silk, takling to the Times, 29th April, 1975: ...the function of government, particularly a Labour government, was "to impose its values on society. Its role is creative: to cast, so far as it is able, society in its image". Furthermore, socialists should not be worried about being accused of dictatorial powers; they must go forward with "a tint of arrogance.
Says it all really. After a spat with Jeremy Corbyn, Kilroy threw his dummy out of the Labour pram and resigned.
He became a TV celeb. A natural home for him I would have thought. Until UKIP beckoned and the spectre of his political leadership ambition came back to haunt everyone.
No sooner was Kilroy recruited into UKIP and voted in as an East Midlands MEP, he tried to impose his "values" upon the fledgling party and made a bid for the leadership. He lost rather badly. So he did what any grown up would do. He stamped his feet, scweamed and scweamed and then accused UKIP (rightly or wrongly - they did recruit him after all) of being incompetent but only after he scraped a paltry 13% of the vote in a leadership battle. Not so much "tint of arrogance", more like a deeply saturated hue. So there was an even bigger public diddums moment which resulted in the creation of...
Veritas. It was launched in January, 2005.
At last! Kilroy had achieved his overweening ambition to be a party leader. Alas, he proved so popular with the electorate he almost lost his deposit when contesting the Erewash constituency in the 2005 GE - all the time retaining his position as a now independent MEP, as did Farage when he was contesting Buckingham. The EU moolah would have come in very handy too, no doubt.
Seems like Veritas' deputy leader had second thoughts and challenged Kilroy for the leadership on 12th July, 2005. By 29th July Kilroy was - you guessed it - gone. Even his own party couldn't stand him. He wasn't re-elected as an MEP.
These days it's Veritas who? UKIP, on the other hand, is going from strength to strength and seems to be getting its act together at last by contesting on a local level. I figure they don't need Kilroy and his ego after all...
As for the rebelling Conservative MPs. Okay, they defied iDave's three line whip for which I applaud them. However, I don't see them resigning from their party on a matter of principle and bringing down the whole rotten shebang. I guess holding public office has too many comforts to sacrifice.